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Expect major delays with I-94 road work beginning Sept. 24

Posted: September 19, 2012 - 9:45pm

I-94 lane closures between St. Cloud, Clearwater begin Sept. 24

Lakes area motorists travelling between the Twin Cities metro area and St. Cloud will encounter delays beginning Sept. 24, when both directions of Interstate 94 are reduced to a single lane between Highway 24 in Clearwater and County Road 75 in St. Cloud.

The lane closures will occur intermittently from sunrise to sunset Mondays through Saturdays through Dec. 1. No closures are currently planned for Sundays.

The closures are needed as crews begin preparatory work for a major project to resurface 7.5 miles of I-94 between Clearwater and St. Cloud next spring and summer, the Minnesota Department of Transportation reported.

Major delays are expected and motorists are advised to plan their travel. Traffic forecasts show backups on westbound I-94 could exceed 20 miles during Friday afternoon and evening rush periods. Major delays also are expected on westbound I-94 on Thursday afternoons and evenings, and possibly midday on Saturdays. On eastbound I-94, increased travel times are likely during morning and evening rush hours.

Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes, use the “zipper merge” during times of slow moving traffic and be prepared to stop. Drivers are reminded to navigate the work zone with caution whenever flashing lights, workers and orange cones or barrels are present.

For more project details, including the construction schedule, travel information and tips on how to navigate work zones during construction, visit the project’s website at www.mndot.gov/d3/i94/. For information about the zipper merge, see www.dot.state.mn.us/zippermerge/. For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.